Auto MDM Enrollment with AAD TokenRepurposing of existing devices is one of the decisions you want to make while getting ready with Windows Autopilot. I’m trying to help you to decide how to repurpose devices to Windows Autopilot? Is it best to use MDT or SCCM?
Options – Repurpose Existing Devices to Windows Autopilot
I think many organizations wanted to try and test Windows Autopilot. But there is always a puzzle in the decision-making. What are opportunities to repurpose existing devices (Windows 10 and Windows 7) to Windows Autopilot?
Microsoft had announced many options, which I already explained in my previous post. Also, you can check out Ignite 2018 Windows Autopilot session.
When you already have Windows devices in Intune, how to convert existing devices into Windows Autopilot? Any one of the following options will help you to turn existing devices to Windows Autopilot. Applicable for Windows 10 Devices!
- Non Intune Windows 10 Devices – Upload the CSV file via Intune Portal
- Intune Windows 10 Devices – Enable new Autopilot profile setting for all targeted devices (check the below section)
- Non Intune Windows 10 Devices – SCCM Co-Management devices enabled with “Automatic Enrollment into Intune”. First get the devices in to Intune via co-management and then to Autopilot (check the below section).
- Non Intune Windows 10 Devices – Group Policy will get your device into Intune and then enable Autopilot via thee following method (Tanvir mentioned https://youtu.be/1–pBivksl8?t=2636)
How to Convert Existing Intune Devices to Windows Autopilot
The following steps will help you to convert existing Intune devices to Windows Autopilot. You will be using the following method to enable Windows Autopilot for the Windows 10 devices in all the above scenarios (1-4).
[Note – Only Applicable for Windows 10 devices]
- Navigate to Intune in the Azure portal
- Choose Device enrollment > Windows enrollment > Deployment Profiles > Create Profile
- Type a Name and optional Description
- Set Convert all targeted devices to Windows Autopilot to Yes
- Following the steps to complete the Autopilot profile creation
By default, Intune only applies this profile to Windows Autopilot devices. Yes, to convert all targeted, non-auto pilot devices to Autopilot so that they can receive the profile the next time they perform a factory reset.
Windows devices running version 1709 support Windows Autopilot. So make sure you’ve upgraded your devices to work with Autopilot before you attempt to convert them. This is a one-time conversion to Autopilot.
NOTE – You can also use Group Policy (Auto MDM Enrollment with AAD Token) to enroll Windows 10 1709 or later Windows 10 Devices to Microsoft Intune.
Repurpose Existing Devices to Windows Autopilot – MDT/SCCM?
You might be using SCCM managed Windows devices in your organization. How are you planning to repurpose those Windows 7 devices to Windows Autopilot? You might not be using managing SCCM to manage Windows devices. How to Repurpose the Windows devices managed BigFix, KACE, Puppet, etc.. to Windows Autopilot?
The answer to the above questions is it depends. There are a couple of options to repurpose devices. You can use SCCM or MDT to repurpose existing devices to Windows Autopilot. So it’s SCCM or MDT. The decision to use either MDT or SCCM entirely depends on your organization’s infrastructure, IT support, Network connectivity, etc.
The following is the table that gives you a high-level comparison between MDT Vs. SCCM.
You can use MDT for repurposing existing devices to Windows Autopilot. But before deciding to go with MDT, it would be great to analyze your environment. If you have not already invested in SCCM, then you should use MDT to repurpose existing devices to Windows Autopilot.
Do you still think you should try MDT to repurpose existing Windows 7 devices to Windows Autopilot? Is this because of some known issues of SCCM? I would recommend raising a support case with Microsoft.
- Easy to Install, Configure, and maintain
- Light Touch Deployment
- Best for well connected Network (No network replication options?)
- Less Security Controls
- No Clear Roadmap (When will be the next version release of MDT?)
- Limited Reporting
- Standalone Instances
- Free Tool
Select SCCM to Repurpose Devices
You can use SCCM for repurposing existing devices to Windows Autopilot. Microsoft SCCM provides an out of box solution to repurpose existing Windows 7 devices to Windows Autopilot. When you already have SCCM infrastructure, use the same infra to repurpose existing Windows 7 and Windows 10 devices to Autopilot.
Do you need more faster reprovisioning of Windows 7 devices to Autopilot? If so, use Michael Niehaus’s idea.
- Complex to install, Configure, and maintain
- Zero Touch Deployment
- Best for Distributed Network (Enterprise network replication options?)
- Better Security Controls
- Clear Roadmap
- Rich Reporting
- Out of Box Solution TS for Repurpose Existing Devices
- Paid Tool
How to Remove a Device from Windows Autopilot?
You have to note that just removing the profile won’t remove the devices from Windows Autopilot.
- Navigate to Intune in the Azure portal
- Cchoose Device enrollment > Windows enrollment > Devices
- To remove the device from Autopiot, use the Windows Autopilot devices view and Delete the device entry from Autopilot.
To complete the removal, make sure the device is removed from Azure and Intune devices.
How to make Autopilot Adoption fast – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2018/10/25/speeding-up-windows-autopilot-for-existing-devices/